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1st Edition

Psychodynamic Self Psychology in the Treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia

ISBN 9780367336882
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents an implementation of psychodynamic self psychology in the treatment of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, using a theoretical and therapeutic approach to examine the way that patients turn to food consumption or avoidance in order to supply needs they do not believe can be provided by human beings.

The book starts with an overview of self psychology, presenting both the theory of self psychology and its specific application for the etiology and treatment of eating disorders. Featuring contributions from eating disorder professionals, the book then integrates this theory with 16 compelling case studies to explore how the eating-disordered patient is scared to take up space in a society that encourages precisely that.

Professionals in the field of psychotherapy for eating disorders, as well as the entire community of psychotherapists, will benefit from the empirical capability of the theory to predict the development as well as remission from eating disorders.

Table of Contents


Part A: The Theory, Application and Empirical Evidence

  1. Anorexia and Bulimia: Diagnosis and History of Treatment
  2. Eytan Bachar

  3. The Emergence of Self Psychology: Opportunities and Dilemmas in the Treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia
  4. Eytan Bachar

  5. Evidence Basis for Psychodynamic Self Psychology in Eating Disorders
  6. Eytan Bachar

  7. Transference, Countertransference and Treatment Management
  8. Eytan Bachar

    Part B: Case Studies

  9. I Wanted to Disappear
  10. Eytan Bachar

  11. Would Sheryl be Able to Take up Space?
  12. Michal Man

  13. The Therapist's Position Facing a Grandiose Self
  14. Michal Man

  15. "Living My Life"
  16. Asher Epstein & Dina Roth

  17. A Journey to the Inner Core
  18. Myrna Milun

  19. I Am Not Allowed to Be a Whole Person
  20. Varda Shavit-Ohayon

  21. Satiable Hunger
  22. Sara Haramati

  23. Searching for "Sweet Dreams" and the "Little Prince"
  24. Yael Steinberg

  25. Patients with Eating Disorders and Latent Idealization Needs
  26. Sara Haramati

  27. Absolute Autonomy
  28. Myrna Milun

  29. The Right to Exist
  30. Laura Canetti

  31. Beauty and the Beast
  32. Eytan Bachar

  33. The Right to Need and the Permission to Require
  34. Mira Dana

  35. When Someone Believes in Me, I Can Start to Believe in Myself
  36. Inbar Sharav-Ifargen

  37. I Don't Want to Make It to 20

          Analu Verbin



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Eytan Bachar, PhD, is Head Psychologist of Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel; Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and former chairman of the Israeli Association of Eating Disorders.

Analu Verbin, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, working in a private practice in Tel Aviv, and a former member of the executive board of the Israeli Association of Eating Disorders.


"In this clinically rich volume, Eytan Bachar and Analu Verbin present an understanding of eating disorders that makes excellent use of self psychological theory. It considers the enormous complexity of managing the treatment of these disorders and reflects the findings of research that demonstrates the effectiveness of psychodynamic self psychology to predict the development of and remission from anorexia and bulimia."

Doris Brothers, PhD, co-founder, The Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology Foundation and advisory board and council member, International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP)

"Bachar and Analu make impressive use of classical self-psychology to understand and treat sufferers from anorexia and bulimia, substantially increasing the theoretical and clinical reach of the original form of this theory. The many clinical stories they provide make this perspective accessible for therapeutic use, and invite further reflections on an extremely challenging, and unfortunately not rare, clinical experiences. Their emphasis on experience-near responsiveness is a gift to therapists and to their suffering patients alike."

Donna M. Orange, PhD, PsyD, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York